There is a growing interest in the wider benefits of community land ownership – the local residents and crofters of Great Bernera have expressed an aspiration to investigate the opportunities and feasibility …of community buyout of the Great Bernera Estate in Lewis. The current owners have agreed to sell the Estate to the community of… Read more »
On 06/08/14 a Members debate was held in the Scottish Parliament regarding the Bunchrew Land Declaration following Motion S4M-09502 lodged in support of the Declaration by Rhoda Grant MSP. Rhoda commented, “The Bunchrew Land Declaration is a unifying statement that acknowledges and commits us to developing new land ownership patterns in Scotland, taking a people… Read more »
A new £30k pilot scheme aimed at encouraging enterprise in the food growing industry and providing people across the UK and Ireland with the opportunity to create a sustainable livelihood has recently been launched. The joint ‘Growing Livelihoods’ initiative between philanthropic organisation, Carnegie UK Trust, the Plunkett Foundation and the Land Settlement Association Charitable Trust… Read more »
Find links to addresses from our 4th Annual Conference held 6th-7th June 2014 below; The full address given by Paul Wheelhouse MSP on Saturday 7th June 2014. David Cameron’s Chairman’s Address given on Friday 6th June 2014.
Land Reform Review Group report – a golden opportunity The above statement of support is put forward by the Scottish Community Alliance, Community Woodlands Association, Development Trusts Association Scotland, Community Land Scotland, and Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations as strongly welcoming the recent publication of the Land Reform Review Group Report: ‘The Land of Scotland… Read more »
Reacting to the publication of the Land Reform Review Group’s long awaited report, David Cameron, Chair of Community Land Scotland and a leading advocate of the need for more radical land reform measures, said “I very much welcome the publication of the report. This is a very substantial and comprehensive piece of work and we… Read more »
The Land Reform Review Group’s Final Report published today (23/05/2014) See section 34 for summary of recommendations.
Great news for our members South Cowal Community Development Company who have achieved a 57.1% turnout in their recent public ballot with 95.2% of the voters voted Yes to the community buyout and it is believed that the Castle Toward ballot results maybe amongst one of the highest ever in a community buyout. More news on… Read more »
Congratulations due to our members Aigas Community Forest who have recently been awarded a £20,000 grant from SSE Highland Sustainable Development Fund towards the purchase and development of Aigas Forest. This provides them with the match finding required to complete purchase of 50ha of the forest and to employ a part-time Development Officer for 2… Read more »
A Scottish landowner plans to buy up thousands upon thousands of acres additional land to forge a vast uninterrupted wilderness and become Scotland’s largest landowner (Press and Journal 21 April 2014). Following the revelations, Community Land Scotland the representative body of community landowners is calling for new powers to be available to test whether such… Read more »